Khalin looks to find form at Clas­sic golf

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Mewat (Haryana): Al­most 11 months ago, Khalin Joshi sunk that fi­nal-hole birdie to make his Asian Tour break­through, and the path was paved for more glory. The di­a­mond studs still glis­ten in his ears, but the stars have not been shin­ing for the Ban­ga­lore-based golfer lately. A cur­sory glance through his list of re­sults this sea­son may im­ply a dif­fi­cult time on dif­fer­ent ter­rains but it’s time for a res­tart. What bet­ter place than the Clas­sic G&CC to charge up his pos­i­tiv­ity af­ter those dreaded ‘two words’ for any golfer – ‘missed cuts’.

It was in 2016 he was tested on this Jack Nick­laus Sig­na­ture course in a do­mes­tic tour­na­ment and he emerged top of the class. And he is hop­ing for a change of for­tune this week­end at the $300,000 Clas­sic Golf & Coun­try Club In­ter

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na­tional Cham­pi­onship, which begins to­day.

Changing cad­dies, shift­ing blame, a tide of nega­tiv­ity – Khalin dealt with it all as questions were raised about his per­for­mances. “I started doubt­ing things… That was just a bad phase and I hope it’s over. You’ve got to deal with ev­ery­thing. Golf teaches you to be hum­ble but this game also gives you chances. For me, this is an­other opportunit­y

US$300,000 (Win­ner’s purse: US$54,000) Venue: Clas­sic Golf and Coun­try Club

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Top Con­tenders: Tae­hee Lee (Kor), Janne Kaske (Fin), Masahiro Kawa­mura (Jpn), Ko­suke Ha­mamoto (Tha), Vi­raj Madappa (Ind), Khalin Joshi (Ind), Ajeetesh Sandhu (Ind)

to get back on track, and en­joy the process. The re­sults will come.”

The sched­ule is packed at the end of the sea­son, and that can only be a good thing.

This course saw a record 32-un­der in 2009 by big Thai Chapchai Ni­rat when the Asian Tour last came to the foothills of the Araval­lis. Khalin’s pre­dic­tion this time round is a much toned-down 16-un­der. “The course has ma­tured so much since I last played here. The fair­ways are nar­rower and the rough is a lot thicker. It’s not a long golf course but good driv­ing is needed to keep your­self on the fair­ways. And of course, it all comes down to putting in the end.”

Vi­raj Madappa, an­other Ben­galuru boy who made his break­through last year with the Take Solutions Masters, be­lieves one should be wary of the thick rough around the greens but once you are on the fair­ways, you can be ag­gres­sive with your ap­proach.

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